And about. Minister of Energy of Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko spoke in favor of disconnecting the country from the energy system unified with Russia and Belarus.
As an alternative, he offered to connect to the energy system of Europe, where there is no “arbitrariness of the monopolists” and “normal transparent price.”
“We need to urgently disconnect from the unified energy system with Belarus and the Russian Federation, to unite with the European system. And this will just be one of my main tasks, ”he said on the air on the channel“ Ukraine ”on Saturday, January 23rd.
Earlier on Saturday, demonstrations took place in a number of Ukrainian cities against the increase in utility tariffs.
So, in Odessa, signatures were collected under an appeal with the corresponding requirements for the Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, and in the city of Kamensky, about 120 demonstrators blocked the road.
On January 1, 2021, the Ukrainian government canceled the preferential electricity tariff for the population. As emphasized in the Cabinet, the rejection of the project of the Ministry of Energy on special obligations in the electricity market would lead to a rapid rise in prices.
Rising prices triggered a wave of riots. So, on January 4, about 300 people blocked the Kiev-Kharkov highway in the Poltava region with a demand to reduce the prices for gas distribution.